I spent the night at Sharifa’s place, and we went out for a last meal with about five friends. I had tempura, which was another “tick” on the list of eating all the Japanese foods I want before I leave! After a somewhat stressful journey to the station, which was crowded becasue of the Nagoya Matsuri, I had a most awesome surprise waiting on the platform at Nagoya Station, in the form of Jacob, who had come to see me off with a gift of a bento for the journey. It was a really sweet gesture, and just what I needed after lugging my cases there. The journey to Tokyo was very relaxed, as all Shinkansen trips are, and after another stressful journey across the city, this time as a result of the Heavy Luggage Of Doom, I finally made it to the Suzuki’s. Woo!
It’s awesome to be back. After arriving at the house at 4.20pm, and having a chat with Yukiko and the boys (Daijiro pronounced my Japanese “pera pera” – “perfect” – yay!) I headed out again at 5pm to meet up with Kosei and some of the Shorinji guys for yaki-niku (Korean BBQ) and a few drinks. It was a nice chilled evening with lots of food and chatting and not too much drinking. We were home by 10pm and I was in bed by 10.30pm for a very hot nights sleep! As an extra bonus we were joined by Hatsuno Sensei, the Shorinji Sensei, who is a sprightly and cute 81 year old. He is just awesome – think of Mr Miyagi in Karate Kid and add some sake and you’ve probably got a fair impression of him!
This morning Yukiko and I went to the Softbank shop and cancelled my phone, had sushi for lunch (for the past two weeks I’ve had sushi at least every day!), did some shopping and came home to meet the boys who got out of school at 1.30pm. Now were are just chilling before dinner and TV time. Dinner is due to be epic – Yukiko is a fantastic cook and after seeing what she got at the supermarket I’m quite excited. Going to dig my camera out and get some snaps :)
This is probably the last update I’ll make till I’m back in England, and can clear the travelling backlog and maybe some other posts I never got round to writing or finishing. Crazy to think I’ll be back in 48 hours. I have mixed feelings about leaving, but I do know that I’m excited to be starting a new phase in life. See you on the other side of the world!